The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released details about applying to participate in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (AKA drones) Integration Pilot Program.
As of Nov. 8, counties have 20 days to email their notice of intent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicating their interest in submitting an application.
The drones program, designed to connect state and local governments with industry stakeholders, will allow county governments to determine local rules and regulations that will best fit their communities.
Through the program, the FAA plans to gather data that can assist in future rulemaking to ensure safe integration of drones into the national airspace.
The FAA expressed interest in gathering data pertaining to: critical infrastructure; emergency response; disaster relief/news reporting; and transportation/hazardous materials safety.
Counties may also collaborate with their state and municipal partners and jointly email their notice of intent.